* To unsend a message, open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you want to delete. Tap and hold the message, then choose Delete from the menu.
* Messages will be replaced with: ‘This message was deleted’ in your recipients’ chats.
* The feature is already rolling out to users around the world.
After several months of anticipation, a new feature that lets you unsend and delete messages on WhatsApp is finally rolling out to all users.
The new feature which will be available as part of the latest update, will allow you unsend an embarrassing photo or text within 7 minutes, provided the recipient also has the latest version of the app installed on their device.
The Facebook-owned messaging company has updated its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page to explain the new delete for everyone feature. It reads: “Deleting messages for everyone allows you to delete specific messages you have sent to either a group or an individual chat.This is particularly useful if you sent a message to the wrong chat or if the message you sent contains a mistake.”
“To delete a message: open WhatsApp and go to the chat containing the message you want to delete. Tap and hold the message, then choose Delete from the menu. Optionally, select more messages to delete multiple messages at once.Tap ‘Delete for everyone’ and the message will disappear.”
Messages you successfully delete for everyone will be replaced with ‘This message was deleted’ in your recipients’ chats.
WhatsApp also warned that even though you may have successfully deleted a message, the recipient may have seen it before you delete it. Again, should the message recall function fail to work properly, the sender will not be notified.
The feature was first spotted by WhatsApp insider, WABetaInfo. A handful of users have since gone on Twitter to share screenshots of the feature at work on their devices.
Android, working in south Africa pic.twitter.com/URHaEyVNO5
— kooskodola (@nkosie_shezi) October 26, 2017
It's working in Brazil pic.twitter.com/NpVUc706mC
— styles (@aintdeadgrey) October 27, 2017